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Islam enjoins many regulations regarding nutrition. These include eating moderation, eating according to Sunnah etiquette, eating only Halaal etc. In addition Islam also stresses the importance of eating Tayyib (pure and wholesome) foods.

 

Quraan

The Quraan states, "O Messengers! Eat of the wholesome things (Taiyyabaat) and perform virtuous deeds."

 

A wholesome, balanced diet is thus an integral part of Islamic life having a profound link on the ability to perform virtuous deeds both from spiritual and physical perspectives.

 

The Qur'aan mentions several nutritious foods. Analyses of these foods show that they sufficiently provide for daily protein, carbohydrate, fat and vitamin requirements. These foods include meat, dates, milk, olives, pomegranates, figs, fish and honey.

 

Sunnah

The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu-alaihi-wasallam) also testifies to the importance of a balanced diet. He would at times eat cucumber together with dates in order to balance the opposing hot and cold This is one out of many examples proving the importance of a balanced diet.

 

Moderation

Extremes in diet were not the practice of Rasulullah (sallallahu- alayhi- wa- sallam) and are not recommended in Islam. Clinging to vegetarianism or only some foods as a diet pattern to the exclusion of other important foods should not be the practice of a Muslim.

 

Prohibiting the favours of Allah is a serious matter. The Quraan warns, "O you who believe! Make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you..." [5; 90]

 

Islam itself is a balanced way of life that is pure from all forms of excesses. A balanced diet is a natural corollary to Islam. The Islamic way of life is a natural lifestyle suited to the temperament of mankind at large.

 

Islam always promotes the middle path and this Ummah has been declared in the Qur'aan as being "the nation of the middle path". All believers should adopt these patterns of the Quraan and Sunnah for a healthy lifestyle and the pleasure of Allah.

 

 

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